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Between March 8th, 2008, and June 20th, 2011, I wrote and recorded 45 songs which spanned three concept albums - Cult, A Year in the Life, and Passersby - and shared them in Facebook Notes (with recordings available for download on Mediafire.com). These were the days of Facebook chain notes and status updates that required "is," and everyone could just tell that Facebook was about to really blow up; I would leave my mark before it got too big, and I'd do it by posting some songs in Notes.
When I went to college, I forgot most of those songs - though I didn't forget about them - and my pace of writing dramatically slowed. Over the next few years, Mirror Image became my sole creative outlet, serving as a place for both newly-written songs and for old Notes songs that I felt deserved new life (and full orchestration).
Since then, my creative energy has been dedicated exclusively to new projects, exclusively to looking into the future. Lately, it seems that the only reason I've been interested in looking to the past has been to plunder the best of it and toss the rest down the memory hole. I think I needed to work this way for a while; the path to being a better artist is to keep on making new stuff, after all.
Recently, though, I've come to feel that the path to being a better person - that is, happier, more fulfilled, and not packed to the gills with constant existential dread - is to sift through all of the "stuff" that has already accumulated in my life and see the story it's been trying to tell. When I run toward the future, I am also running away from the present before I even understand it fully. When I run toward the past, however, I open myself up to understand both the present and the future more deeply.
It is in that spirit that I introduce The Facebook Songs, a weekly series in which I revisit one of those 45 high-school songs. Sometimes I will try to do something new with the song, and sometimes I'll leave it as-is, but no matter what, I will be learning about myself and about my songwriting process. My hope is that everyone who follows along with the project will learn more about themselves too.
Here's the content schedule, plus a couple of notes about my hopes and dreams:
- A new song will be posted every Monday - that's lyrics AND the original recording AND reflections from me in 2017 - on The Facebook Songs blog.
- A new recording of that song, possibly with a new arrangement, will be posted every Friday on Facebook and YouTube.
- In between, I'll be posting video clips, audio snippets, and blog text as I develop the song.
- In my dream world, this development process is a conversation between myself and any interested party.
- In my dream world, my Facebook page becomes a hub for collaborative art-making.
On Tuesday, the crowdfunding campaign for Infinite ended. Thanks to all those who donated! I'll be publishing more updates on the concept album in the coming weeks - I promise, things are happening! But right now, I'd like to focus on a new project that I'm very excited to announce - an Untitled Six-Song EP to be completed by January 8th. That's one song for every week I've been back in New York for the holidays :)
Why? Because I've been writing for Infinite since 2015, the process has often been difficult, and I have learned a lot about myself along the way. Now, for the 2017 holiday season, I want to take a break from the big picture to focus on the little one. Life moves so fast, and I want to take some time to step out of that fast flow and look inside myself. It's a journey that I believe is long overdue, and I'm ready to take it. And if you're interested, I'd like to invite you along with me.
I don't know if I'll finish the EP, or if I'll even come close. But I will work on it every day, and I will write about working on it every day. Or at least I'll try to. I'll also be experimenting with video content, Live broadcasts, and other ways to bring a hypothetically interested audience member (such as you) into my creative process.
That's all for now. Like every aspect of my EP at the moment, the announcement is vague and unfocused. I have faith that it'll come together. If you do too, follow me on Facebook now and take the journey with me.
I've already posted these on social media, but in the interest of posterity, here are some more pictures. Here, also, is a requisite link to our Fractured Atlas Fundraising campaign - Album.InfiniteTheMusical.com.
Please, consider donating today if you haven't. And if you have, please share our campaign on social media (the more relentless, the better).